Lunawa estuary to be developed to prevent floods inland

Published : 9:00 am  June 22, 2017 | No comments so far |  | 


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The Lunawa estuary would be developed by the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (SLLRDC) in a bid to control the flood situation in the area, SLLRDC Chairman Asela Iddawela said.

DM_20170622_A006He stated the Rs. 183 million project was to begin today (June 22) with the first phase of the project being scheduled to be completed within six months and the entire project to be completed in one and half years.

The main aim of the project was to control the flood situation in the Balagala, Matagoda, Pattiyagoda and Kerawalapitiya areas, which constantly flooded during the monsoon. Officials said that at least 15,000 families were affected by the floods in the area each year.
Three sluice gates, each ten feet wide, will be constructed in the Dikowita area to release excess water collected during the monsoon, the Corporation said. 

Officials said the area was prone to floods during the monsoon as it was boxed in by the Muthurajawala marshland and the Dikowita 
fisheries harbour. “The Dikowita estuary will be developed under the project. As the area comes under the purview of several Government institutions, as there are oil and gas pipelines in the area, we were able to bring together all of them and commence the development project,” Iddawela said.

The officials said that residents had taken to clearing out a part of the coast line, as sand sediment gathered along the coast, to allow water to recede to the sea.  “Every year the area floods to about two to three feet during the monsoon and people often excavate sections of the beach to allow the water to flow through,” they said. The project will not only ensure the area, rich in biodiversity, will be protected for years to come.